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*Paulowniaceae Nakai. Paulownia Family.

A monogeneric family, trees, of e. Asia. There has been disagreement over whether Paulownia is best placed in Scrophulariaceae, Bignoniaceae, or its own family, Paulowniaceae; superficially it closely resembles Catalpa of the Bignoniaceae. Armstrong (1985) concluded that Paulownia's affinities lie with the Scrophulariaceae, based on floral anatomy, embryo morphology, and seed morphology. A molecular study by Spangler & Olmstead (1999) conclude that Paulownia is best retained in its own family. Manning (2000) concurs with its removal from Bignoniaceae. Molecular evidence supports that it is sister to the reconstituted Orobanchaceae.

Ref: Armstrong (1985); Freeman, Rabeler, & Elisens (2019b) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2019); Manning (2000); Spangler & Olmstead (1999). Show full citations.

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